Practical Advocacy Weekend 2018

Saturday 18th August, 2018 8:30 am – Sunday 19th August, 2018 12:30 pm
Childrens Court of Western Australia
160 Pier Street PERTH

This course provides invaluable experience in appearing before the court for junior practitioners, individuals new to litigation and anyone seeking a refresher in advocacy.

This intensive course offers practical exercises in small groups with guidance and constructive feedback from volunteer teachers who are experienced advocates, including barristers and members of the judiciary.

In preparation for the weekend, you will receive a briefing session on case theory from our Head Coach, The Hon Justice Chaney.  Voice and performance coaching will also be provided before the weekend and will continue throughout the weekend.

Practical application comprises of one civil interlocutory injunction where participants argue for either the applicant or the respondent. The problem question used for practising examinations and cross examinations of witnesses and closing statements is a criminal problem. Budding civil advocates will recognise the benefits of this as a large number of preeminent civil barristers honed their advocacy skills while practising in crime.


The Hon Justice John Chaney – Head Coach

Julia Moody – Voice & Performance Coach

More coaches to be announced

About the weekend

Hands on experience by performing as advocates in an actual courtroom environment, supported by a student/teacher ratio of eight to two. Experienced teachers observe the performances and use proven techniques to deliver effective feedback. In preparation for the weekend, a briefing session will be held to introduce attendees to the concept of ‘case theory’ and be given materials to begin their preparations for the weekend.

  • 5 points Competency 2 Professional Skills
  • 1 points Competency 3 Ethics and Professional Responsibility